Wednesday, February 24, 2016

So FOOLISH Was I .... Passover Meditations for the Monastic-At-Heart... Ephesians 1:12


Psalm 73: 22-24.... So foolish was I
and ignorant: I was as a beast
before THEE+ ... 

Meditations  for Pascha
(The Passover Season, 2016)
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Meditations for the Monastic-At-Heart

Now is My+ soul troubled;
and what shall I+ say ...
FATHER,
save ME+
from this hour ?
but for this cause
came I+ unto this hour.

FATHER,
Glorify Thy Name.

Then came there a Voice from Heaven, saying,

I have both glorified IT,
and will glorify IT again.

John12:27-28

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Meditation Verse 
Ephesians 1: 12

That we should be
to the praise of HIS glory,
who first trusted in CHRIST.


The Literal Greek:
... In order for us to be** in praise of HIS glory, of the ones having hoped earlier in the CHRIST.

** eis to einai hAmas =articular infinitive phrase-- eis epainon dogzAs autou tous proAlpikotas en t0 CHRIST0.

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Meditation

The KJV seems to say that the followers of JESUS are living such holy lives that they bring praise to GOD, for His great glory. It also seems to indicate that the First BELIEVERS have done this.

However, the literal Greek seems to say that we followers of JESUS are the ones BRINGING HIGH PRAISES to HIM for His glory, of all the persons who have first hoped in The CHRIST.

EITHER WAY...
followers of JESUS
should be doing both.

We should be bringing high praises unto The LORD for His great glory just like the First Christians did.

In addition, we should be living in such a way that OUR VERY LIVES should be bringing glory unto CHRIST.

Indeed, both are required.

Which
is
the hardest ?


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Let us pray:

O LORD, we have besmirched Thy Holy Name.

Personally and collectively, we have not brought glory to THEE in our words, our ways, our lives, our assemblies.  

We have bickered amongst ourselves over petty issues. We live lives far from HOLY. We have not put THEE first.

We have not followed Thy words on important issues and have rebelled against them, fighting Thy Servants sent to us for correction.

Some of us have ignored baptism, some Communion ... and some have done them "our" way instead of Thy way in Scripture.

Our tolerance of sin and worldly values have besmirched Thy Holiness. We will not stand united for Righteousness.

O LORD, it is no wonder that GOD is NOT "greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints" in our churches today. ( Ps. 89:7)

We have besmirched Thy Glory and THOU hast left us to our own doings, doings that reflect man instead of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. 

So, help us to prepare our hearts for Thy judgment, because of a necessity it begins at the House of GOD.

Let us receive from Thy Hand, O LORD, the chastening determined, that we may by our endurance and steadfast love of THEE, bear unbreachable witness to Thy SON+, our LORD and SAVIOR+ JESUS CHRIST… when troublous times come.  

Have mercy upon us , O LORD.
Have mercy upon us.
Grant us strength to endure
That which is ordained
to come upon this earth.
Amen.  

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Worthy is the LAMB+.

Worthy is The LAMB+
that was slain.

Worthy is the LAMB+,
slain
from the foundation
of the earth.
Revelation 13:8


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PRAISE and THANKSGIVING
be to The FATHER,
and to HIS Beloved SON+
JESUS CHRIST,
and to
the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT.

ONE GOD:
FATHER,
SON+,
and HOLY SPIRIT,
both now and forever,
world without end.
Amen.



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